Our latest Costco find, the Burn Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Chapman Creek vineyard in the proposed “The Burn” AVA in the Columbia Valley of Washington. The wine was aged in large format, lightly toasted Hungarian oak barrels for an unspecified amount of time. We couldn’t find the residual sugar info on this vintage but the 2016 was listed at 6.8 g/L.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, we have laid claim to a land that has been torn from within and smothered in flames. We have charged past the blaze with a Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from a new area of the Columbia Valley, affectionately referred to as “The Burn”. Fermented on the stems and aged in large format oak barrels, the wine epitomizes the terroir – rugged yet elegant.
Today’s wine, which is made by Ste Michelle Wine Estates, gets its name from the annual blazes set by the early settlers of this area to their fields. Planted to grapes today, the region (which has been proposed as its own AVA), has one of the longest and warmest growing seasons in the state.
The 2017 The Burn Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon begins with a pleasing aroma of jammy, ripe, red and black fruit along with herbal notes, spice, vanilla and more. Tasting the wine reveals a smooth, silky, almost comforting texture in the mouth. Cherry cola, licorice, plum, sweet blackberry, oak, spice and more are all balanced quite nicely in this medium-bodied wine. It’s a bit different than what you might be expecting in a Washington State Cab, but it’s excellent stuff. It ends with a dry, very long, savory finish.
2017 The Burn Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon
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